Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony suffers a painful strained right shoulder

By R.L. Bynum

Cole Anthony is dealing with another injury and he can only hope that he doesn’t miss as many games as he did last season for Carolina.

After missing 11 Carolina games last season with a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, Anthony strained his right shoulder in the second quarter of the Orlando Magic’s 106–97 road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.  

Portland center Enes Kanter was contesting Anthony’s jump shot when the injury occurred after slight contact. Anthony immediately grabbed his right shoulder and appeared to be in a lot of pain. He didn’t return to the game after that after scoring four points in 14 minutes.

According to Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel, the initial evaluation indicates his shoulder strain is a muscular issue, meaning that recovery should be quicker. No MRI is planned for now, according to Parry. This status isn’t clear for Thursday’s game at Golden State.

The point guard duties would fall to Frank Mason and Dwayne Bacon in the interim. Tuesday was the first game of a four-game West Coast road trip. The Magic is at Golden State on Thursday, at Sacramento on Friday and at Phoenix on Sunday.

Anthony has started the last 16 games at point guard for Orlando after Markelle Fultz suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee.

Nassir Little missed his fourth consecutive game for Portland with a left knee strain.

It was just a rough night overall for five UNC alums who played Wednesday night. None scored in double figures, and one of the two who won did it at the expense of another UNC alum.

In the Philadelphia 76ers’ 119–111 road victory over the Sacramento Kings, Danny Green had four points on 1 of 6 shooting in 28 minutes. Tony Bradley didn’t play for the Sixers for a second consecutive game.

For the Kings, Harrison Barnes scored eight points after getting only four in the previous game against the Clippers. Barnes has combined to make only 4 of 16 shots and miss all six 3-point attempts in the last two games.

The other Tar Heel to play in a win Tuesday was Wayne Ellington, who had eight points on 3 of 6 shooting in the Detroit Pistons’ 122–111 home win over Brooklyn. It was Ellington’s first game back after missing two games with a right calf injury.

In the New York Knicks’ 98–96 loss at Miami, Reggie Bullock scored collected nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes.

For the seventh consecutive game, Theo Pinson didn’t play. He’s played just over a minute in the last 12 games.

How Tar Heels did Tuesday, what’s ahead

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
106–97 loss at Portland —
Started; 14 minutes, 4 points, 2–7 FG, 0–2 3FG, 4 rebounds, 2 turnovers, -9,  -0.9 game score
Season statistics
— 25 games, 11.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 37.4FG%, 32.4%3P, 83.6FT
Up next — Thursday at Golden State, 10 p.m.; Friday at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
119-111 loss vs. Philadelphia —
Started; 37 minutes, 8 points, 3–9 FG, 0–2 3FG, 2–2 FT, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover, -7, 8.0 game score
Season statistics — 24 games, 16.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 49.1FG%, 41.0%3P, 85.7FT%
Up next — Friday vs. Orlando, 10 p.m.; Sunday vs. Memphis, 9 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Philadelphia Sixers center/forward
119-111 win at Sacramento —
Didn’t play
Season statistics
— 8 games, 4.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist, 50.0 FG%, 0–0 3FG, 3–5 FT
Up next —
Thursday at Portland, 10 p.m., TNT; Saturday at Phoenix, 3 p.m., NBATV
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
98–96 loss at Miami —
Started; 23 minutes, 9 points, 3–4 FG, 1–2 3FG, 2–2 FG, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, -10, 8.8 game score
Season statistics —
21 games, 8.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 40.8FG%, 37.4%3P, 78.6FT%
Up next — Friday at Washington, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
No game
Season statistics — 19 games, 2.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 41.9FG%, 0–0 3FG, 87.5FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 8 p.m.; Friday at Charlotte, 7 p.m., FSS
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
122–111 win vs. Brooklyn — Started; 20 minutes, 8 points, 3–6 FG, 2–5 3FG, 2 rebounds, +/- of 0, 4.8 game score
Season statistics —
17 games, 11.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 49.6FG%, 49.1 3P%, 75.0FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Indiana, 8 p.m.; Friday at Boston, 8 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
119-111 win at Sacramento —
Started; 28 minutes, 4 points, 1–6 FG, 0–3 3FG, 2–2 FT, 5 rebounds, 3 turnovers, +1, -1.3 game score
Season statistics — 25 games, 8.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 38.8FG%, 36.2%3P 71.4FT%
Up next —
Thursday at Portland, 10 p.m., TNT; Saturday at Phoenix, 3 p.m., NBATV
Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward
No game
Season statistics —
13 games, 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 assist, 41.7FG%, 25.6%3P, 76.9FT%
Up next — Wednesday at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m.; Friday at Denver, 9 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
No game
Season statistics —
23 games, 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 43.7FG%, 36.3%3P, 88.5FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Milwaukee, 10 p.m., ESPN; Saturday vs. Philadelphia, 3 p.m., NBATV
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
106–97 win vs. Orlando —
Still inactive with a left knee strain
Season statistics —
9 games, 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2 assists, 51.7%FG, 58.3%3P, 88.9FG%
Up next — Thursday vs. Philadelphia, 10 p.m., TNT; Friday vs. Cleveland, 10 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
98–96 loss at Miami —
Didn’t play
Season statistics — 7 games, 2 points, 1–6 FG, 0–5 3FG, 1 rebound
Up next — Friday at Washington, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
No game
Season statistics —
23 games, 14.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 39.7FG%, 34.9%3P, 86.5 FT
Up next — Wednesday vs. New Orleans, 9 p.m.; Friday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 8 p.m.

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